The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar or the Bazaar Ramadan @ Geylang Serai is simply the best Pasar Malam in Singapore. The great number of stalls, wide variety of food, rustic setting and festive atmosphere make it one of the most interesting local street events. The vendors and the visitors are a fascinating mix of races, nationalities and ages – defying stereotypes. The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2016 is running till 5th July 2016. A visit to Geylang Serai Bazaar is definitely worthwhile whether you are a shopaholic, a foodie, a compulsive instragramer, a heritage buff or simply someone who enjoys a carnival atmosphere. Bazaar Ramadan @ Geylang Serai is a unique cultural and sensory experience that should not be missed.
(see our post on Good Food in Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre)
The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2016 have stalls lining both sides of Geylang Road and Changi Road as well as a few of the side lanes. Stalls start to open in the late afternoon and remain open till late at night.
Bazaar Ramadan @ Geylang Serai is a real marketplace. Portions of the sprawling bazaar feel like a movie set for Ali Baba Baba and the Forty Thieves. Clothes of all styles, jewellery, curtains, biker accessories, Persian carpets, fashion accessories, electrical items, festive decorations, fragrant oils, fresh pastries and cakes are on sale. If you want to buy a car or a van, there is even a booth displaying and selling motor vehicles.
The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2016 edition is more than the usual stalls for pre-Hari Raya Aidilfitri shopping and traditional Malay delicacies. The Bazaar is now where you can discover a slew of not commonly available food as well as new variation of familiar food items. This year the food available are more interesting and more cosmopolitan and hip than ever. Nutella Pancakes, Salted Caramel Thai Tea, Honeydew Lava, Volcano Watermelon, Maracon Ice Cream and Avocado Gula Melaka are some of the exciting food and beverage offerings.
One of the stars of Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2016 is Word’s Rainbow Bagel. At $8 a piece, the colourful bagel is filled with “Strawberry Cream Cheese Funfetti Marshmallow” and drizzled with honey. We tried one. It was delicious.
The other star item is the Sotong Bakar or Crispy Fried Squid.
The Watermelon Volcano must be one of the most photographed desserts in the last few days. Expect to queue for a while if you want one.
Ikan Tangkap Sendiri Otak and Mr Wadeh are two extremely popular stalls.
There are just so many interesting and exciting food stalls to discover at Bazaar Ramadan @ Geylang Serai 2016. From traditional Malay delicacies to hipsters snacks and cuisines from different parts of the world – there is something for everyone.
Below are some more photos of the food stalls. They represent only a small part of the numerous vendors at the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2016; so you can imagine the wide range of stuff on sale there. Just go there and wander around – it should be a serendipitous journey. For those who need help navigating around Geylang Serai, someone has created a detailed map of Geylang Serai Bazaar. A link to the map is at the end of this post.
Traditional Malay Food
There are stalls selling the traditional Malay cookies and delicacies as well as other Malay hawker food.
Malay Food with Modern Twists
Goreng pisang with cheese and strawberry, Apam Balik with Nutella and Crispy Squid with Tom Yam flavour are some of the Malay food given interesting interpretations.
Contemporary Food & Beverages
Churros in all variety of flavours, waffles, ice cream, Dutch pancakes, cotton candy soda and other colourful concoctions normally found in hip cafes are available at the Geylang Serai Bazaar.
Cosmopolitan Food Options
Food from Dubai, Turkey and Thailand as well as Mao Shan Wang durian puffs, Japanese inspired wraps and tacos and even Spicy Korean Yogurt are available at the unique pasar malam in Geylang Serai.
While you are at Geylang Serai, you should check out the famous Putu Piring stall in Haig Road. See our post about Haig Road Food Centre.
If you need an air-conditioned place where you can sit down to have a meal or drink, One KM Mall would be a good option.
Here is a link to the detailed Geylang Bazaar Map.
The nearest MRT Station is Paya Lebar and Geylang Serai is well served by buses including service no. 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 67, 76, 154 & 155.
There are surface car parks at Haig Road and Engku Aman Road. Parking is also available at Joo Chiat Complex, Tristar Complex and One KM Mall.
Happy Shopping and Eating at Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2016!